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Bontebok National Park, Swellendam

Bontebok National Park, SwellendamBontebok National Park is a place of simplistic beauty and peaceful charm. The majestic Langeberg Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for this Park of colorful riches.

A part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, now heralded as a world heritage site, Bontebok National Park always offers something in bloom.  Home of the Bontebok, one of South Africa’s more colorful antelope as well as mountain zebra, grey rhebok, bat-eared foxes, geometric tortoises and over 200 bird species.

The river is a perfect swimming spot for the whole family or bring your own kayak to paddle through the beautiful landscape.

If you are an early bird and a fisherman, cast your line in the river and see if you can catch a fish before the Cape clawless otter snatches it. Carp, barbel, bream and mullet are all on the list, but first get a freshwater fishing permit (R45 for a year) from reception. Endemic species must be released, exotic fish can be taken.

The park has four short hiking trails and one mountain-bike route, but visitors are free to walk or cycle along 22km of dirt road in the park. Walk up Aloe Hill for a superb view over the river and the surrounding Langeberge.

Light and airy wooden chalets have their own kitchen, bathroom, braai and wraparound deck with river views. The chalets are open-plan and suited to two adults or a family of four. Two of the units are adapted for people with special needs. Chalet 7 has the best view, chalet 4 offers the most privacy. Excellent campsite with grass stands, electricity and modern ablution block.

Bontebok National Park is sign posted off the N2 just after Swellendam.

Info: Park 028-514-2735: Central Reservations 012-428-9111  or Website.

For further information read the Country Life Article and the Wild Magazine Article on the Bontebok National Park.

Find out about the Wild Card Options to save money when you visit any South African National Park.

More info on the town of Swellendam More info on the Cape Overberg

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